This year's Christmas feast of short stories, essays and poetry is mostly English cuisine, with a little dash of French and Middle English seasoning. Here you will find many old favourites, and some festive treats which may be new to you.
The collection comprises: A Child's Story by Charles Dickens (1812–1870) A Christmas Dinner by James Joyce (1882-1941) A Christmas Eve in the Far South Seas from Rídan The Devil And Other Stories by Louis Becke (1855-1913) A Christmas Fairy by John Strange Winter (1856 - 1911) Christmas in a Dugout from Tales from a Dugout by Arthur Guy Empey (1883-1963) Christmas in India by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) Christmas in the Olden Time by Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832) Christmas Scene at Camelot from Sir Gawayne and the Green Knight (Stanzas III-VI) by the anonymous Pearl poet (fl. 1380-1400) Christmas Time by John Clare (1793–1864) Un conte de Noël by Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball by William Lawrence Chittenden (1862-1934) The Golden Cobwebs from Christmas ed. Robert Haven Schauffler (1879-1964) Good King Wenceslas translated from the Latin, by J. M. Neale (1818-1866) Is there a Santa Claus? Frank P. Church (1839-1906) Joy Born at Bethlehem by Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) Julius Adolphus Jenkins's Christmas Alligator by Louis Becke (1855-1913) The Mistletoe by Bryan Waller Proctor (1787–1874) An Old-Fashioned Christmas by Richard Marsh (1857-1915) A Picture of the Nativity by Fra Filippo Lippi by Vernon Lee (1856–1935) Reginald on Christmas Presents by Saki (H.H. Munro) (1870-1916) Reginald's Christmas Revel by Saki (H.H. Munro) (1870-1916) Santa Claus by an anonymous author, from Christmas (1907) ed. Robert Haven Schauffler (1879-1964) Santa Claus at Simpson's Bar by Bret Harte (1836-1902) 'Twas the Night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) Uncle Noah's Christmas Inspiration Leona Dalrymple (1884-?) The Voyage of the Wee Red Cap by Ruth Sawyer Durand (1880-1970) from The Children's Book of Christmas Stories What Christmas Is As we Grow Older by Charles Dickens (1812–1870) What Think Ye of Christ by J. C. Ryle (1816-1900) Why the Sea is Salt by Mary Howitt (1799–1888)
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December 5, 2013 Subject:
A Million Stars!
So happy I stumbled on this. This collection is a delight. The readers, the vignettes stellar. Kudos to all and happy holidays too. Christmas season Dec 5 2013
December 24, 2012 Subject:
Christmas Short Works 2011
For the past few days I've been listening to this collection in small portions at a time and I have to say that for the most part I have been entertained by most of what I could understand, as not all of the stories in this collection are in the English language. I think that I chose to have a listen to this to get a closer look at a big part of my own nation's culture and traditions. Its my opinion that the source materials, the actual written stories themselves are of a five star level but its also my opinion that some of the reading in Christmas Short Works 2011 could have been better. I give Christmas Short Works 2011 four stars.